The Partnership for Community Schools in Malden (PCSM) was launched in 1999 by the Malden Public Schools and City of Malden to coordinate comprehensive out-of-school time programs for Malden students in grades kindergarten through eight. Our programs are currently available at the Beebe, Forestdale, and Salemwood Schools. Programs have included school-year and summer learning opportunities reaching more than 8500 students over the past sixteen years. Our after school programs are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. For more information about the requirements of this funding please see our FAQ page.
Our after school programs include A to Z University (grades K-5) and Channel Surfing (grades 6-8). Both programs provide an atmosphere of learning and support for students – where student’s academic skills are enhanced and students can receive a continuum of care during the often unsupervised after school hours. Through our varied and flexible programming, we support and challenge the physical, social, and intellectual growth of each student. Our academic activities support the work students do during the school day. Our recreational activities foster sportsmanship, healthy competition, teamwork, and fair play. All programs provide students with activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices and help decrease risky behaviors. Our youth-centered activities are tied to educational objectives that align with state and district curriculum priorities; as well as youth development principles identified by the National Collaborative for Youth.
A variety of purposeful and intentional clubs and activities help students overcome barriers to learning and help them achieve their highest academic potential. Each day, students are given opportunities to delve deeply into topics that enrich and reinforce classroom learning and help overcome learning gaps. At the same time, our programs effectively address social/emotional learning by helping students develop skills for life effectiveness. Interwoven with our academic programming are activities that help students recognize and manage their emotions, develop care and concern for others, foster positive peer and adult relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations.
As part of our program offerings, we also provide before school programming called Jump Start. This program is currently available at the Beebe and Forestdale Schools, with plans to offer it at the Salemwood School if nine students commit to attend per day.
We also offer summer programming for students entering grades K-8 at the Salemwood School. Our summer camps are theme-based and offer a mix of literacy and math, as well as science and social studies activities. We also offer camp-like activities for participants such as sports, arts and crafts, games, and more. Details regarding summer programming will be posted in April 2017.
2016/17 Program Dates
A to Z University
Session 1 – September 8 to December 2
Session 2 – December 5 to March 10
Session 3 – March 13 to June 9
Session 1 – September 12 to December 1
Session 2 – December 5 to March 9
Session 3 – March 13 to June 8
Jump Start – September 8 to last day of school